Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd. has launched a Center for Collective Leadership.

The global research and learning center aims to understand, define and advance knowledge in the field of collective leadership. Under executive director Stephen Langton, the center will serve as a resource for Deloitte member firms looking to assist leaders all around the world in achieving success by inspiring their people to work together with a shared purpose.

“Creating an environment for large groups of people to work together toward a common purpose is a fundamental leadership challenge,” said Jim Quigley, DTT global CEO and co-chair of the center’s advisory board, in a statement. “In the increasingly complex world that we operate in, the need for collective leadership and action has never been more critical. We founded the Deloitte Center for Collective Leadership to provide in-depth research, insight and knowledge on how leaders can maximize the performance of their organizations.”

Over the past two years, Deloitte has invested in developing a new concept on collective leadership known as “As One.” The Deloitte Center for Collective Leadership will be releasing its first publication, “As One: Individual Action, Collective Power,” co-authored by Quigley and Mehrdad Baghai, managing director of Alchemy Growth Partners and co-chair of the center, on February 3, published by Portfolio/Penguin.

According to Langton, the definition of leadership is changing fast: “Until now, leaders themselves have been seen as critical to their organization’s success,” he said. “Increasingly, leaders are realizing that their people’s commitment to organizational goals is, in fact, the main underlying condition for success. The Deloitte Center for Collective Leadership will provide Deloitte member firms with insights and tools to increase their clients’ potential for achieving collective commitment to shared goals.”

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